The Los Angeles Police Departments” Pedestrian Safety Initiative

November 26, 2018

WHAT: News Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: 100 West First Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 *Media will park in front of Police Headquarters Facility *

WHO: LAPD Chief Michel Moore LAPD Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, Director, Office of Special Operations LAPD Deputy Chief Phillip Tingirides, Transit Services Bureau LAPD Commander Martin Baeza, Traffic Group LAPD Captain II Alfonso Lopez, Commanding Officer Central Traffic Division LAPD Captain II Alcenda Neal, Commanding Officer South Traffic Division LAPD Captain II Gary Walters, Commanding Officer West Traffic Division LAPD Captain II Andrew Neiman, Commanding Officer Valley Traffic Division

WHY: The focus of this initiative is to make pedestrians more visible to motorists especially during the hours of darkness when a pedestrian is most likely to be struck. Farmers Insurance has collaborated with the LAPD to purchase reflective vest, and lights that can be attached to clothing. The following are tips to keep in mind: * Cross the street at designated crosswalks only when safe to do so. * Be aware that drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. * Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing reflective clothing. * Always pay attention to your surroundings and avoid distractions (i.e., cell phones, music, etc. * It is always safest to walk on the sidewalk. Do not walk on the street.

CONTACT: For more information and questions feel free to contact Captain Al Neal 323-421-2577 or email